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Using flashcards to help us learn bible verses is a great way for us to grow in the word of God. I thought we could start off by going through some benefits.
When memorizing scripture, it helps us to grow in our relationship with God. By meditating on his word we get to know him better. Memorizing scripture stores his word in our hearts, and helps us to become more like Christ. His word points out truths in our everyday lives we wouldn’t see on our own. It’s easier to stay focused on Christ when we are memorizing his word.
Memorizing scripture helps us grow spiritually. Our minds are put to good use when we are thinking about God’s word. This will help sharpen our minds and give it what it needs. Depression and anxiety become less and we become more emotionally stable. His word is food for our souls and it helps us to become more confident as we live in his truths.
As we store his word in our hearts, it helps us share our faith with others. When we know the scriptures more clearly, we can also communicate more clearly. We can share wisdom to others that we received from God’s word. When people are in a time of need we have scripture in our minds that are filled with grace.
Followers of Christ have a history of memorizing his word. When we are in bible studies, how wonderful it is to recall important scriptures. Discussing the bible becomes a little easier. By memorizing the scripture, it shows that we honor and cherish the word of God.
The scriptures help us fight the enemy. When we are tempted we have the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God flowing through us. Memorizing scripture can save us a great deal of trouble, and help guide us in right direction. Jesus often recalled scripture when the devil was tempting him. If it works for Jesus, it will work for us.
There are many more benefits, and as you begin to memorize scripture with flashcards you will begin to see for yourself.
Reading the verse in context may help us understand what we are trying to memorize better. It helps us form connections in our minds and makes things more clear. So take the time and go over the entire passage first. Memorizing things with a good understanding is a wise things to do.
It may be helpful to pick out verses that you already are familiar with first. Maybe you know a few verses that you need to brush up on? That might be a good starting point before going onto verses that are not so familiar.
Often times God’s word can spark our imaginations. Which is a good thing, because it is inspired by the word of God. These visuals that enter our minds as we read his word will help us recall it better. So if possible, try to visualise what the spirit is trying to say to you.
Once you pick a verse, have a discussion about it with God. Pray to him and ask for understanding and a heart to absorb his word.
Some helpful advice that I’ve found when it comes to memorizing scripture comes in a variety of ways.
Saying the scripture out loud as much as possible is very helpful. Speaking the scripture and hearing our own voice say it can be very powerful. Some people may even want to start singing the scripture out loud. Even saying the words slower, or pausing at points could be very helpful. Let the words soak in and meditate on them as you speak them.
It’s a good idea to practice the reference. Include the reference at the start and at the end. This will come in handy. It will eventually stick, just keep on saying it.
The more you go through the flashcards, the more they sink in. You don’t even need to try to memorize things if you read them enough. They just eventually become apart of who you are.
Try saying the entire verse without looking. If you find yourself not confident yet, then go ahead and read it a few more times then try again. Eventually you will get it. The more times you say it without looking, the more your confidence builds. It is very rewarding to be able to say the scripture back without looking.
Another trick is just to start with the first few words. Get those down, then gradually add another word. It is a lot easier to memorize when dealing with small chunks. Afterwards, these pieces will start to come together. Each little piece will build on the next peice and eventually you have a whole chapter memorized.
Taking breaks is important. Our mind needs time to soak things in. Even if you could only get through with one word, you still made progress. Pick up where you left off when you feel your mind is rested.
After going through the flashcards for awhile, keep coming back to them and review them from time to time. Even if you have them memorized. This helps to reinforce it and store it inside us.
Writing the verses down will also help embed the word in us. This has been known to be a great help establishing more connections to memorize things. Writing helps us slow down, and think about each word individually. And keep saying the words, as you write them.
Could you find someone that could quiz you? The help of another friend could really deepen our ability. Not only do you memorize the scriptures, your friend is also in the spirit with you!
The more repetition the better. The more we do something the easier things get. It will eventually become apart of who you are naturally. Which is our goal as we become more like Christ.
If you feel you have a good routine with shorter verses and can get them down fairly easy, then try whole chapters! As your confidence starts to grow, it’s not a bad idea to start going to the next level and challenging yourself. Take your breaks, and piece things together in small chunks.